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Islington Hub (London)

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Contrary to the saying – we always need more cooks! Anyone can volunteer with us, and there are plenty of roles for you even if you’re not too confident in the kitchen.

To sign up to cook with us, all you need to do is register on My FoodCycle, our volunteer website, and take the food safety quiz before signing up to help out at one of our events.


Become a Hub Leader!

We also have a number of opportunities for new Hub Leaders to join the FoodCycle Islington team, helping to not only run our weekly cooking sessions but also taking the lead in managing all aspects of our FoodCycle Hub, from co-ordinating other volunteers, managing relationships with food donors, and community fundraising, to community engagement, marketing, PR and social media.

Take a look at our Hub Leader page.



If you’re struggling and need a free meal on Wednesday lunchtimes, you can come along to the Mind drop-in at the Southwood Smith Centre at 1pm on Wednesdays – everyone is welcome.



Lots of different people can be at risk from food poverty and social isolation. Our Hub serves people including mental health service users and people who are long-term unemployed, providing a tasty, nutritious meal in a safe and welcoming environment. If you could help us to provide a meal for someone today, please donate just £3.



Often you’ll get users who are too shy to even ask for food but then the next week they’ll be coming up and asking if they can join in the cooking session! I think by giving vulnerable individuals a role in their community, it improves their personal wellbeing and their health. It gives them a chance to socialise with people they wouldn’t otherwise talk to in the week.”

Juliet, Hub Leader.


I suffer from anxiety, depression and paranoia. I came down here and started getting involved. I get all my learning experiences from cooking and helping other people in the kitchen at the same time, so it does me benefit. Since coming here, I’ve been able to go home and use my cooker for what it’s there for!”

James, MIND service user and FoodCycle volunteer.


‘I live locally in Islington, and I found out about the café. I used to work for Bank of America and I was pensioned off due to ill health… and with this problem I was having suicidal thoughts. I was in a crisis home for a few weeks and then I came here [Islington Mind] and I come here daily, and I come to the FoodCycle every Wednesday. I think the food is very good – you lot do a superb job. I would describe it as a little café, a nice little café, you know, like a café by a river or something where you would go for walks and have a nice little meal, that’s how I would describe it. I’ve met new people. There are people with various problems here, but when you get here your problems go away, so to speak. We can sit down and have a nice meal, which you lot do a superb job in doing. You know I would like to help out one day.’

Rebecca, service user.


 “FoodCycle is a fantastic initiative which ensures support goes to those that need it most. We are all too pleased to play our part in assisting their mammoth efforts in getting food to the more vulnerable people from the local area.” 

Branch Manager, Waitrose Islington, Richard Rostill.



Hello – we’re the Islington FoodCycle Hub! We serve every Wednesday afternoon at the Southwood Smith Centre in partnership with the mental health charity, Mind in Islington. Each week, we collect surplus fruit and veg from local branches of Waitrose and Planet Organic and turn these ingredients into tasty three-course meals for our guests.

Donations come in many forms

Thanks to our suppliers, volunteers, and community partners, FoodCycle is a low-cost model with a big impact.

However we do have some core costs and are reliant on your generosity to help us run.